The Bristol Bullet two-seater will be the precursor of a new generation of high-tech range extender models, which will begin once the planned run of 70 V8-powered roadsters is complete towards the end of next year.
The new generation of Bristols will have a brand new electric drive platform and a much smaller charging engine, but will continue the company’s 70-year tradition of exclusive, luxurious cars for Euro-style grand touring.
Over the past five years Bristol has discreetly acquired expertise in low and zero-emissions automotive technologies through its electronics arm, Frazer-Nash, its composites partner URT Group, and the taxi company Metrocab, which has developed a range extender model for London and other world capitals.
These partners are all part of Kamkorp Group, owned by the UK-based Indian technology entrepreneur, Kamal Siddiqi, who abruptly acquired a higher profile when he bought the Filton-based car manufacturer in 2011.
Bristol spokesman Noamaan Siddiqi says the new roadster, whose debut marks the 70th anniversary of the formation of Bristol Cars just after the end of the Second World War, is powered by a 370bhp BMW V8 that drives the rear wheels through a six-speed manual BMW gearbox. The Bullet’s 0-60mph acceleration is claimed at under 4.0seconds, while top speed is governed at 155mph.
Noamaan Siddiqi says Bristol has already sold “quite a few” of the planned 70 cars, priced around £250,000, to loyal Bristol collectors who were told about the project in secret, and have been waiting for a new model since the controversial Dodge Viper-based Fighter appeared in 2003.